Miguel Gonzalez (2-1, 3.42 ERA) and Alex Colome (0-0, 0.00 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (10-10) and the Tampa Bay Rays (12-10) at Tropicana Field. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 1 and can be seen on SunSports and MASN2.
Gonzalez is 4-4 with a 3.82 ERA in his appearances against the Rays, and goes up against a below-average Tampa Bay offense which is batting just .238 this season. Adam Jones (.400, 17 Rs, 5 HRs, 19 RBIs) went 1 for 3 Wednesday with one RBI. Against the Orioles, Colome is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and three strikeouts. Kevin Kiermaier (.306, 11 Rs, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 Wednesday with two RBIs.
The odds for Baltimore and Tampa Bay are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently not available. Within its division, Baltimore has a record of 9-10 SU. The Orioles have no trouble scoring as they lead the AL in home offense with 7.1 runs per home game.
The Rays are 10-9 against teams in their division. Tampa Bay is excellent at drawing walks with 3.6 per game, ranking fourth in the AL. The Rays allow 3.9 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.8 runs per game during that span. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Rays are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.13 for the season.
The Orioles lead the season series, 2-1. The Orioles have an 8-8 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Colome takes the mound. Gonzalez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rays, who have a 9-7 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL
The Orioles hold a 9-10 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Rays' record in these matchups is 10-9.
When leading after 7 innings, Tampa Bay is 4-4, while Baltimore is 3-4.
The Orioles are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Rays have a record of 5-6 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Orioles are 0-7. The Rays have a 1-7 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 12th in home runs, Tampa Bay has hit 19 this season. Baltimore ranks second with 29 home runs.
Ranking 10th, Tampa Bay is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.00 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top five at third with 9.70.
Ranking 15th, Tampa Bay is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.700). Baltimore ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .827.
When the Rays allow at least one home run, they are 5-6, well-matched with the Orioles who are 6-7 when allowing at least one homer.